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Adairsville falls to unbeaten LaFayette in region finals; Tigers will host first round of state

Tre Mitchell scored 15 points in the Tigers' 58-57 region championship game loss at LaFayette Saturday night.

The LaFayette Ramblers have had an exceptional season. They cruised through the regular season with a 23-0 record and entered the Region 6-AAA Tournament this past week as the No. 1-seed and ranked No. 7 in Class AAA.

Meanwhile, the Adairsville Tigers have experienced a more up-and-down season but have enjoyed a pair of dramatic post season wins over Murray County and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.

In the two regular season meetings, LaFayette won by 13 and by 10 over the Tigers.

That set up Saturday night’s region championship game at LaFayette before a packed house where Adairsville started slowly but in the end stood toe-to-toe with the Ramblers before falling by a single point, 58-57.

Adairsville held a brief 5-4 lead in the early going before LaFayette built a 22-9 by the end of the opening period. Adairsville, who never led again, narrowed the margin to five points (32-27) by the intermission. Both teams posted 16 points in the third period and went to the final eight minutes with LaFayette leading 48-43.

Aidan Hadaway paced the Ramblers with 25 points. Junior Barber followed with 15. Jordan Kennerly scored eight and Jaylon Ramsey had seven for LaFayette.

T.J. Printup, Jr. led Adairsville with a game-high 27 points. Tre Mitchell followed with 15 for the Tigers. Tre Winters and Hayden Poarch scored six points. Jordan Carson added three.

LaFayette (25-0) advances to the GHSA Class AAA State Tournament as a 1-seed and will host Oconee County next week in the first round. Adairsville (16-11) will also host a first round game. The Tigers will entertain Hart County — likely on Wednesday.


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